Homemade candy has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years. Readers submitted almost 300 candy entries of their family holiday favorites, making it a difficult decision narrowing down entries.
Ultimately, winners emerged as judges sampled from 14 different selections including a variety of caramels, fudge, toffee, hard candies and chewy favorites.
First place went to the winning combination of toasted nuts, toffee and chocolate in Linda Pittman’s Triple Nut Toffee. The Honey Caramels, submitted by Jerry Daugherty, were a close second place for their smooth luscious texture and Carol Walk’s Snickers Fudge placed third for its chocolate, peanut, caramel combo that tastes just like its namesake.
The five honorable mentions are: Chocolate Amaretto Snowballs, submitted by Nancy H. Peterson; Rock Candy, submitted by Diane Sherman; Pecan Espresso Bark, submitted by Barbara Wiesen; Nougat, submitted by Mary H. Hammann; and Maple Bacon Fudge, submitted by Dorothy Billington.
View all submissions below. There will be something to entice the sweet tooth in every family.
Dreamy Melting Moments
1 Cup Powder Sugar
1 TBS Madagascar Vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 sticks of butter
2 Cups of flour
2 Cups of chocolate chips
1 Cup crushed pecans
Mix butter and all other ingredients together except choc chips and pecans.
Roll into small balls and bake for 15 min at 350 .. Remove from oven and have choc chips in a bowl melted .. when cookies are cool then roll these balls of cookies into the chocolate and crushed pecans. Put on wax paper to cool and then refrigerate. We promise you will make this Christmas Candy one you will treasure forever.
Cathy L Conder
Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.
We always love this family favorite and we promise you will want to sneak a few to hide for later.